STATE AWARDS FOR SPORTSPERSONS

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, the custodians of the sport in the state, have expressed their displeasure over star all-rounder and skipper J&K senior cricket team Parvez Rasool’s omission from the list of the sportspersons who were awarded state awards on the eve of Indian Republic Day.
The state government had announced names of five sportspersons for their contribution in their respective sport which included 10-year old Thang Ta player Zakariya Yaseen Bhat, Taekwondo player Atul Pangotra, Rashid Ahmad Choudary of Fencing, Rita Devi, a Handball player, and young J&K cricket opener Shubham Khajuria.
Sports fraternity were taken back with J&K cricket’s wonder boy, Parvez, who has had a so many ‘firsts’ to his name for a J&K cricketer, not featuring in the list and didn’t hesitate to come hard on State Sports Council for ignoring the skipper who guided his side to historic last eight stages in Ranji Trophy this season.
JKCA were also taken by a surprise to see Parvez’s name not there in coveted company.
“Obviously we were surprised not to see Parvez’s name among the awardees. We all expected Parvez’s name there, for he has been a great servant for the state over the last couple of years,” said JKCA treasurer Manzoor Wazir over the star cricketer’s snub.
Wazir is going to the state government about the issue. “I will write to the state government to know why Parvez was omitted?” said the JKCA treasurer who has been looking after the affairs in the association since the multi-crore scam surfaced early 2012.
He, however, felt happy for young Shubham getting the award.
“I am very happy for Shubham. He is a young talented cricketer and this award will surely do his confidence world of good,” he said.
Parvez preferred not to comment over the snub. “I don’t know much about the state awards, so I will not make any comment,” said the J&K skipper.
Secretary Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council, Dilip Thusoo parried the ball in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association’s court saying JKCA didn’t recommend Parvez’s name for the award, which is a perquisite for players to be considered.
“We don’t have any control over the game (cricket). JKCA is the custodian of the sport and they could have recommended Parvez’s name for the award and it was their responsibility, so how we could we consider him if his parent association didn’t recommend him,” Thusoo told Kashmir Reader.
When asked about Thussu’s statement, Wazir said that JKCA hadn’t recommended Shubham either.
“We didn’t recommend Shubham either, so how come his name is there. We never recommend any of our players. All the nominations are done by the council itself,” he said.